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Atanus perspicillatus - No Common Name



© Kyle Kittelberger- side view

© Kyle Kittelberger- note black spots on wings

© Kyle Kittelberger- a darker
individual

© Kyle Kittelberger- male
Taxonomy
Family: CICADELLIDAESubfamily: Deltocephalinae
Identification
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Description: A pale species with variable markings. The body and wings are cream to grayish in color, and the face has brown arcs and marks. The crown has a broken waved line above the margin, and there is a Y-shaped spot in the middle of the crown and a broken O-shaped mark next to each eye. The pronotum has brown spots, usually in pairs near the base with the most prominent ones behind the eyes. There is a distinct set of black dots on the wings, with four spots spaced out from the inner edge of the wings, in the shape of a square. Three pairs of black spots are located on the inner wing edge, though the pair of spots closest to the head may not be present at times. The female pregenital sternite has the posterior margin angularly produced about one-third the length of the segment. The male genital plates are triangular and elongated, with the apices narrow and attenuate. Adults are 3.5-4.0 mm long. (DeLong 1978)
Distribution in North Carolina
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Distribution: Eastern and central United States
Abundance: This species has been recently recorded from several counties across the state, where it is rare, but possibly more widespread in the right habitat.
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Habitats and Life History
Habitats: Has been recorded in the state in mixed to open forest habitat.
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Behavior: Can be attracted at night with a light.
Comment: A rather rare genus with only this species widespread in the east (BG); other species that occur in the east are much more rare. These species can only be distinguished based on genitalia as they are all visually similar. Therefore, records of Atanus in NC for now will be assumed to represent perspicillatus.
Status: Native
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Species Photo Gallery for Atanus perspicillatus No Common Name

Photo by: Erich Hofmann
Craven Co.
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Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: males, uv light trap; mixed pine hardwoods
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: males, uv light trap; mixed pine hardwoods
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: males, uv light trap; mixed pine hardwoods
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Rob Van Epps
Mecklenburg Co.
Comment: Attracted to UV light. Suburban yard near woods.
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
Comment: female; 3.8 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
Comment: female; 3.8 mm
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Transylvania Co.
Comment: female; 3.8 mm
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
Comment: male
Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
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Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
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Photo by: Bo Sullivan
Ashe Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond; ID confirmed via specimen
Photo by: vin stanton
Buncombe Co.
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Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn
Rockingham Co.
Comment: grassy area near mixed hardwood forest and a pond
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light
Photo by: Kyle Kittelberger, Brian Bockhahn, Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: mixed hardwood, open forest near lake edge
Photo by: Paul Scharf
Warren Co.
Comment: Attracted to Black Light